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Where the Trail Will Lead: The 200th Quilt Square on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail

April 3, 2017

by Victoria Hurst

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, in Upstate, SC, is celebrating its 200th quilt square at the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce on April 7, 2017, at 12:30pm. For eight years, the Quilt Trail has grown, block by block, into a meaningful part of Upstate South Carolina’s landscape for locals who want to preserve the history and traditions of the area. While the Quilt Trail is built, perpetuated, and maintained by locals with a passion for their history, it is also a unique experience for visitors to the area. The Trail appeals to those who enjoy art, nature, history, crafting, story-telling, and even just taking a car ride through the countryside
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As the UHQT has grown over the years, it has forged a path through the lives of so many in its surrounding communities. The members of the Trail are comprised of people who have had the tradition of quilting passed down to them, those whose created the tradition for themselves, and those who are not quilters but still help make the trail possible in various ways. There are now two teams of over 20 volunteers in Anderson and Oconee Counties. This art form has woven its way into the hearts of this community.

Martha File is the one of the founding members of the trail and continues to work with the UHQT from her current home in Athens, OH. Martha was living in Seneca, SC, when she began working with the Quilt Trail and usually comes back to her home in Seneca for a week or two every month. Her favorite square is mounted there, which is based on a quilt made by her aunt. Martha is passionate about organizations that promote community service and fellowship, and “the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail would not be where it is today without all the community support it has received. This is truly a collaborative effort by many organizations, businesses and individuals in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. Some of our quilts have been painted by students in the schools, community groups, families, as well as by our volunteers.” Martha has been on this journey since 2009 and has watched as quilt squares have been added to homes, historic buildings, destination venues, and businesses in the Upstate.

Nancy Warmath, who lives outside of Seneca, had both a grandmother and mother who quilted, and she has a quilt that her mother made at the age of 12. She also has a quilt square above her mailbox, #139 “Dogwood Quilt,” based on one of her grandmother’s. Nancy is in the process of making a quilt herself for the first time in 30-something years. After getting involved through Gil Huggins on the Walhalla production team, she has worked on painting several of the quilt squares, beginning with #80, “Wedding Ring” in Central. She also did work on the 200th Quilt, which will be unveiled April 7th. She loves the stories behind the quilts and hopes to see wider promotion of the trail, as it brings more visitors to our area and inspires residents to learn more about their heritage.

One resident of Seneca, Lyn Geibens, has a quilt square on her home (quilted by Gil Huggins) and got involved in the quilt trail through her friend, Jane Bolling. Lyn and Jane worked with the students at Keowee Elementary School to paint their quilt square, #10 “Compass Rose”, and recalls how proud the students were to write their names on the back of what they helped create. Lyn also finds it gratifying to work with a group of “strong willed woman…there is very little criticism and loads of encouragement.”

Oconee County Production Team Leader Chris Troy is an artist based in Bountyland, between Seneca and Walhalla. She also has a quilt square on her house, which represents the first and only quilt that she actually created herself. While Chris’s medium of choice is ceramics rather than textiles, she really values being involved in the UHQT and says “the hands on, face to face interaction of people of diverse backgrounds coming together for the purpose of creating public art has always been a positive endeavor.”

Jim and Barbara Schoonover of Wynward Point in Salem are a husband/wife duo that have been involved with the UHQT since 2009. Barbara is a quilter, and she is on the production team for painting the quilt patterns. Jim cuts the board, paints the primer, and draws the patterns. At this time, he holds the title of only man on the team. He and Barbara both enjoy working with an organization that they see as a great asset to the community and a great “way to connect with locals who have grown up here and those who have moved to this area for the beauty of the Upstate.”

Abby Heid is another resident of Seneca, SC, who finds a strong sense of identity and community from being involved in UHQT: “The people who participate in the UHQT have a strong camaraderie…[they] bring together their individual skill sets with each new quilt project. The talents of artists, quilters, crafters, and those who want to learn come together to turn someone’s hand or machine-sewn quilt into a fantastic work of art. The teamwork is amazing. It is the people, who come weekly to the studio and contribute their talents, laughter, and chatter that make you feel welcomed and come back to learn more.”

The members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail put in over 7,000 volunteer hours per year, giving presentations, painting quilt squares with members of the community, and finding ways to improve and promote this priceless resource. As these proud members reveal their 200th milestone along a winding, scenic, and sometimes uphill road, they also have announcements about how this project will continue to grow and reach even more people across the region and beyond. Join the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at the Pickens Chamber of Commerce at 222 W. Main St. in Pickens, SC on April 7th at 12:30pm to see where the trail will lead!

Victoria Hurst is a writer, traveler and Clemson native who is now based in Charleston, SC.

For further information visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate (SC) Heritage Quilt Trail Presents 193rd Quilt Block “Ode to Dave”

March 18, 2017

David and Diane Schonauer have added another quilt block to their 1892 Victorian house located at 707 West Market Street in the Westside Historic District in the city of Anderson, SC. The name of this pattern is Railroad Crossing.

Diane took several quilting classes in an adult continuing education program when I lived in Illinois. Each class offered a new pattern, making full size quilt tops. Since she did not have a lot of fabric at the time, nor the need for so many large quilt tops, she miniaturized each pattern the teacher gave them. The quilt is no exception in that the strips only measure ½” by 1 1/2”, and the overall quilt is 17 inches square. It was the first quilt Diane made “on point”. The backing fabric depicts old fashioned locomotives.

She named the quilt “Ode to Dave” in honor of her husband, David Schonauer. “We both worked for Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corporation, where we helped produce diesel electric locomotives. Dave spent his 31 year working career there, holding a variety of management level positions, including running the Aftermarket Business Unit and overseeing the installation of the SAP computer system.”

For further information visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC, Installs Its 190th Quilt Block

January 7, 2017

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The second quilt to be placed in downtown Six Mile, SC, on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in SC, was mounted on Hot Foot Studios located at 104 Main Street. The owner of the studio, Sharon Finley, chose the North Star quilt, gifted to her by the Senior Ladies of Mountain View Baptist Church as a wedding gift in 1981.

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A teacher at Six Mile Elementary School, Sharon is also an avid supporter of the Appalachian culture which is realized through her art of folk dance. She started out teaching students at the elementary school in an afterschool program, and the interest from the community grew from there. The current studio was established in 2007 and her dancers have earned championship wins in four clogging sanctions. In 2015, she opened a studio in Asheville, NC, where her group has performed at Shindig on the Green as well as in Nashville, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. Although she teaches contemporary footwork, her dancers always start with traditional clogging steps.

Sharon comes from a rich dance heritage, as she says “on both sides of the house.” Her maternal grandmother loved square dance and it was said she could wear out a good pair of shoes on a Saturday night! On her father’s side of the family, her grandfather was known for his “buckdancing” skills. He entertained the troops during his time in the service during WWI, and earned the nickname, “the little dancer,” as he was admired for his novel and curious talents of southern mountain culture. This tradition continues as both of Sharon’s children, Lauren and Cullen attended Mars Hill University and have traveled internationally with the college dance team.

The North Star pattern that graces the Six Mile Hot Foot Studio is an old, and very well-known pattern that dates back to pre-Civil War times. First seen at an Abolitionist Fair in Boston in the mid-1800s, it was used throughout the south as a sign to the slaves that it was time to prepare for escape and to follow the North Star, or the “Drinking Gourd,” on their way north to Canada.

The lady quilters that created this block, Annie Martin, June Winchester, Mae Alexander, Della Cochran and Inez Collins, used bright colors in their rendition of the pattern that they gifted to Sharon and her husband. These ladies would make a quilt for new brides in the church. They looked forward to each of these social gatherings. As Sharon says, “You’ve never heard such laughing and carrying on when they met at the home of Mrs. Junie Winchester!” Although all the talented ladies have passed on, their memory stays as warm in Sharon’s heart as the colors of her quilt.

For further information visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Expands in Seneca, SC

November 11, 2016

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A new quilt block (#188) has been installed on the shores of Lake Hartwell, on the wood-working shop of Jere duBois at 880 Cartee Road, south of Seneca, SC. The original quilter is the accomplished Joy duBois, whose workshop lies in the walkout basement of their beautiful retirement home. Her quilts decorate every room of the spacious home and are a sight to see and enjoy.

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Joy duBois relates that her husband has always hankered after a Mariner’s Compass, but for years she told him, “No, that’s too hard.” Not after she took a class at Heirlooms and Comforts with her friend, Judy Lardiere. They did their first paper piecing and each of them made a beautiful Mariner’s Compass quilt. Joy gave hers to Jere for his birthday.

duBois is now hooked on piecing, and applique, and color selection, and 1930s reproduction fabrics! Sounds like a quilter. Visiting her workspace is a delight to the eyes, with many quilts in various stages of production.

Moving south from St. Charles, IL, forty-seven years ago, Joy and Jere opened a convenience store on Old Clemson Highway in what is now a fraternity house. They lived upstairs, while Joy ran the business and Jere worked as a real estate broker for Coldwell-Banker, where he continues to be employed. After moving to South Carolina, Joy decided to make a quilt for her daughter from old dresses she wore as a child. She planned to gift the quilt to her for her high school graduation, but shares that it was actually completed for her graduation from university. She did discover the Heirlooms and Comforts Quilt Shop during that time, and took many classes there throughout the years.

duBois has been an inspiration to the Trail. You can see reproductions of her beautiful quilting at Six Mile Park. She and Sue Hackett produced #171, Quilted Tulips and soon to be added Gardener’s Delight. Joy has worked with many quilters in the area. A technique she and Gail Sexton learned together will be added soon at the City of Pickens Chamber of Commerce, and who knows where next? We have plans!

For more information on the history of the Mariner’s Compass pattern, refer to quilt #67 on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail web site at (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate. SC, Expands by Two

October 28, 2016

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The 186th quilt panel was recently added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at the home of Billy and Thelma Burton, 899 Rocky Fork Road Westminster, SC. The Cathedral Window quilt was the final quilt Thelma’s mother, Henry Louie Green Powell, worked on before her death and remains unfinished. Thelma recalls from her childhood Sarah Hunt and her mother putting a quilt on the backs of old straight chairs, laying the frames across them. She says, “They would work for days. The old shell design was the one she liked to use. Using chalk, she would make the shell pattern.” This was where Thelma learned to quilt, making two quilts herself before she was married to Billy L. Burton fifty years ago.

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Thelma Burton with her mother’s quilt beside the painted quilt panel.

A Cathedral Window quilt is not strictly a traditional quilt. It doesn’t have the usual sandwich of three layers of fabric and batting, but is composed of folded squares of fabric, whip-stitched together into the “frames.” The “panes” are traditionally made from muslin or cheesecloth squares to create a translucent effect as they are appliqued over the joins, inside those graceful curves that must be what Thelma saw as shells when she was a child.

Blogger at (annquiltsblog.com) describes the process as “being similar to the folded paper fortune tellers my friends and I made ad infinitum when we 8 or 9 years old. Does anyone remember recess on sunny afternoons, choosing numbers and colors, then getting a funny fortune?”

Great cathedral windows have been an inspiration to countless people for centuries. It’s always a gift to have some of the emotions, memories and ideas of great art, such as a glowing church window in our daily lives.

The 187th addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Westminster, SC, was installed on the barn door of the property owned by Joe & Sharon Byers on 418 Cornelia Avenue. Joe and Sharon come from quilting-rich backgrounds, respectively relocating from Pennsylvania and Michigan to the upstate of SC. The square was painted by their two daughters, Heather and Hadassa, along with young neighborhood friends of long standing, Savannah, Whitney and Jordan Wingert. The young people took time off from their summer activities to come to the studio in Walhalla and complete the block under the guidance of the production team. Joe, a carpenter and independent contractor, designed and built a beautiful wooden frame for the block, to give it a bit more presence on his barn.

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The original design was created by the Arts Council of York County, (www.yorkcountyarts.org) and serves as their logo. They also have a painted panel which is displayed on their Arts Center as part of the York County Quilt Trail in Rock Hill, SC. The style and design of this quilt is a variation of the Cathedral Window quilt block.

The fabric quilt was commissioned by Cindy Blair to meet the requirement of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail that there be an actual, hand-made quilt block. It was sewn by Mary Dee Rudy of Seneca, a prolific quilter and member of the Walhalla Production Team. It was donated by Cindy Blair to the UHQT and will be showcased at the production team’s studio.

For further information visit their website at (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Names 2016 Quilter of the Year – Diane Schonauer

September 30, 2016

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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate SC is pleased to announce the selection of Diane Schonauer from Anderson, SC, as the 2016 Quilter of the Year. This award recognizes a local quilter who provides leadership and community service through their quilting.

Schonauer will be recognized at the Fall Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Meeting on Oct. 7, 2016. in the first floor conference room at the Anderson County Public Library located at 300 N. McDuffie Street. The public is invited to attend the reception from 3-5:30pm. Quilts made by Schonauer will be displayed in the lobby windows for the month of October.

Schonauer has made many contributions to Anderson County and the State of South Carolina through her leadership and volunteer efforts with Quilters of South Carolina; Anderson Quilters Guilds in leadership positions and making charity quilts for donation through the Guilds many programs. In addition she is the Anderson production team leader for the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Schonauer is always willing to help area school students learn about quilting and painting a block for their school or helping the students make the fabric quilt. Schonauer promotes quilting through demonstrations, educational programs and enthusiastic leadership.

“I started this quilt in a class in Illinois in 1998 at a shop called Pieceful Hearts. Sara Nephew’s construction method eliminates the challenging ‘Y seam’. Each block contains two 60 degree diamonds and four 60 degree triangles, the two triangles in the ‘medium position’ are matching fabric,” say Schonauer.

“My mother had started a few quilts, among them Cathedral Window and Log Cabin, before 3 daughters and full time employment stopped her from completing them. I loved seeing these pieces as a young child and consequently have always liked quilts.”

“My sister, Linda Lilly, actually taught me how to sew. She made all of our clothes from the time I was 10 through my high school years. She is a very accomplished seamstress and has a degree in clothing and textiles. In the 1980’s Linda and I took a quilting class at Katie’s Calico Corners. I was hooked; Linda has not ever quilted again! In the early 1990’s, quilting classes were offered as an adult continuing education program and I signed up for the very first one. I have been quilting ever since,” say Schonauer.

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail call 864/723- 6603 or visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Another Quilt Block to Trail

September 8, 2016

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#185 Carpenters Wheel

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Westminster, SC’s latest addition to the trail is directly across the street from the Defoor’s old homestead, at the former home of the Benjamin Wingert family at 110 Cornelia Avenue. Although Ben now resides in Six Mile, SC, he has completely refurbished the small vintage house where his children were raised as youngsters. After a fire that started in the wood stove on a cold January day in 2014, then spread throughout the structure causing extensive damage, Ben has worked to reclaim as much of the original materials as possible. He then did a complete re-design of the floor plan and repurposed much of the old wood, metal and tin to create a uniquely beautiful new, old house.

The original structure dates from the early 1920s as the first owners are thought to be a family by the name of Pickle, hence the name chosen for his new Airbnb venture is “The Pickle House.” This house will hopefully accommodate tourists in the upstate area who come to experience the hiking trails, waterfalls and whitewater river destinations on a short-term rental basis.

The choice of the Carpenter’s Square as Ben’s quilt block is very appropriate, as Ben has worked in the building trades for many years. One of his first work experiences in carpentry was at “Swing of Things” in Westminster, constructing gazebos. He then moved on to work for local contractor Lee Bolding, where he learned the carpentry trade from a master builder. After Lee closed his business, Ben went on to work independently in the upstate, creating many beautiful structures, interiors and furnishings.

The Carpenter’s Square or Wheel block design has a long history in the south. It is said to be one of the fifteen “escape” patterns used in the Underground Railroad during the slavery years of the south. The carpenter was Jesus and the wheel symbolized to the slaves, most of whom were illiterate, their reliance on religion. The wheel was made up of small triangular shapes, and by carefully placing the darker ones with the point aiming in a specific direction, this would guide the slaves in the proper direction to safety.

After Ben chose the design for his house, he consulted with a friend in Bloomington, Indiana, Cathy O’Bryan who is a prolific quilter. As most quilters, Cathy is a generous soul who opened up her “stash” of fabrics and allowed him to pick whatever struck a chord with him. The mix of colors are Ben’s favorites; greens, browns, oranges, even a wood grain fabric is included.

Ben and his partner, Cindy then asked a friend that volunteers in the UHQT studio if she would consider stitching a block so that the requirement of the trail to have an actual quilt attached to each square would be fulfilled. Mary Dee Rudy was graciously ready to help out. Mary Dee has been a quilter for thirty years and a painter of quilt squares since the inception of the trail. She shares, “My first quilting experience was through lessons taught by a neighbor. We were a group of six and completed a crib sampler quilt in six weeks, all hand pieced and quilted. I was hooked!” She has made numerous quilts for her own children, including one she made for her son that he took to military school, college and still uses to this day.

Mary Dee’s first submission to a quilt competition was the 2010 Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild show where she won first place in the category for people who had never entered before. This was a king-sized quilt, called Cherry Rose, that was hand appliqued and hand quilted. In 2012, she took third place in the applique category for her yo-yo quilt. Mary Dee lives outside Seneca with a quilt block on the garage. Inside her log cabin are many fabric quilts, both completed and in progress.

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail call 864/723- 6603, e-mail to (info@uhqt.org) or visit (www.uhqt.org).

The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Adds Two New Quilt Blocks to Their Trail

August 29, 2016

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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, (Oconee, Pickens and Anderson Counties in SC) is pleased to announce the Blue Heron quilt block, created by their 2015 Quilter of the Year, Penny Little of Salem, SC. The Quilter of the Year award was created to honor quilters who not only are talented artists, but also give back to their communities in very meaningful ways.

Little is a member of the Lake and Mountain Quilters’ Guild making charity quilts for donation through the Guild programs and helping with a variety of Guild activities and programs. She leads the Hi-Fiber Art Quilters. She donates her time and expertise to the Tamassee DAR School, where she teaches sewing and quilting to aspiring young people on a weekly basis. She has been active in supporting the Oconee Animal Shelter making pet beds. Little has taught many classes for the OLLI program at Clemson University and done classes and demonstrations of her skills at Blue Ridge Arts Council and Locker Hooking at a Quilters of SC retreat.

Her quilts have won numerous awards in local and regional venues as well as national and international competitions. Her accomplishments in the world of art quilters is impressive. “African Bride,” has won first place at the 2006 Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild show and was also a semi-finalist at both the International Quilt Association’s Houston show and the American Quilters Society show in Paducah, KY, that same year. In 2012, “Numida I” took 3rd place at the Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild show and was also a semi-finalist at Paducah. “Reflections of Africa” was a semi-finalist at two AQS shows in 2014 as well as taking second place at the Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild show. These are just a few of her many awards in competition. She has also had a number of one-woman exhibits throughout the upstate.

Little was born in Detroit, MI, attended Eastern Michigan University, is the mother of three sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren. She and her husband lived in several states and Tokyo, Japan. She is a retired travel agent and enjoys the good life living on Lake Keowee near Seneca, SC. As a young child, she can remember cutting up clothes and hand stitching the fabric into doll clothes or turning cardboard into little houses or villages. Later she made clothes, upholstered furniture, macramé or any craft that was popular. This quilter’s story started in 1994 when she was introduced to the world of quilt making and found her true passion. Her first quilt took two years, a block a month for twelve months followed by hand quilting for another twelve months. After joining quilt guilds, reading books, and attending workshops she became an adequate quilter. Although traditional quilts were useful, for Penny they were monotonous to make. That all changed when she discovered art quilts. The guideline for designing quilts is “there are no rules”. A typical quilt of Little’s may have an African theme, be made entirely from scraps, have no straight lines only curves or a focal point or embellishing from beads to seeds. The fabrics are frequently batik or her own hand dyed fabric.

When designing a quilt, ideas and color are the most difficult for her, she relates. Inspiration comes from fabric, workshops, travel, and books. Fabrics depicting African animals have inspired several of her quilts since her first trip to Kenya in 1995, second trip to Tanzania in 2006 and last trip to Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2011.

Little says, “A really fabulous day for me is quilting in my studio. I never lack for something inspiring to work on, talk about, design or get excited about. I enjoy teaching quilting to children and sharing my skills with others. In 2015 I was honored as Quilter of the year by the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. I was given a quilt block to be painted featuring a quilt made by me. I decided to donate the quilt block to the Lake Keowee community to honor quilters and artist. The great Blue Heron, which was inspired by Toni Whitney, seemed perfect for the lake community. The Heron took days and days to cut feathers and fused together and sew the edges.” The quilt was made by using hand dyed fabrics and batiks.

Toni Whitney, of Big Fork, MT, is the designer of the Blue Heron pattern. While pursuing a career as a wildlife painter, Whitney discovered the art of fusible applique in 2005. From her website (www.toniwhitney.com), “dabbling in textiles proved to be a thrilling experience that merged easily and effortlessly with painting…this medium seems to come hand in hand with the nicest group of people I have ever had the pleasure to meet, Quilters!”

When asked about the inspiration for the Blue Heron pattern, Whitney responded, “I live outside of a very small town in NW Montana in a heavily forested area. While I knew there were great blue heron in these parts it was a rarity to actually see one, I myself never had. I was thinking of my sister one morning and feeling particularly blue. She had passed suddenly many years ago with reasons never fully explained and finding closure for myself proved difficult. On this day of remorseful pondering I happened to look out of my window to see a beautiful great blue heron staring right back at me as if I were the oddest thing it had ever seen, perched, if you will, directly on top of a balsam fir just as comfortably as a chickadee, the top of the tree bent almost in half from the weight.

“Every morning for a few weeks following that day I would happen to look up at just the right moment to the bird, gliding low, silent and graceful over me,” said Whitney. “The peacefulness of witnessing such a large creature somehow effortlessly and quietly making its way through life out here in this wilderness which seems much too harsh for such a delicate creature somehow eased my soul and reminded me to take things lightly, try to live gracefully regardless of where I’m at and if I’m in a precarious place that I feel could snap at any moment sending me hurtling down to a horribly painful experience, I have but to lift my spirits and fly.”

The Keowee Fire Commission has unanimously agreed to display the quilt on the station on Highway 130, just north of Route 183. Rich Caudill, chief of the station explained the Keowee Fire Commission was established in 1993 as a fire tax district by the community and covers a service area of 30 square miles. This encompasses the Duke Energy facility, the lake communities of Waterford, Wynward, Waterside, Keowee Harbors and Keowee Key. The current station was built in 2008.

Little resides in the Keowee Key community on Lake Keowee in the upstate of South Carolina. In her usual selfless fashion, she has dedicated her award, the Blue Heron quilt square for community display and the fabric quilt that she beautifully crafted to honor the talented artists and quilters of Keowee Key.

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A Winter Cardinal quilt has also been added to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at the Peck home on 202 Winterberry Lane in Seneca, SC. Jane Peck shared with us that “after downsizing from our lake house on Hartwell, it has taken some time for me to invite cardinals onto our feeders. At the lake I would have 6 to 7 families. Needless to say, I have missed them. Therefore, along with time welcoming all the birds in our new neighborhood, I want to especially show the joy of sharing our home with the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail by placing the Cardinal block for all to see. I believe the meaning of a Cardinal visiting your yard is a visit from someone close to you whom you have lost. Watching the Cardinal family, I have been fortunate to have witnessed the male bird feeding his young, protecting his mate. The art of creating a quilt has been something I have admired and the sentiment placed in each and every stitch has always caught my imagination. I am reader and a gardener. Taking great pride in my garden over the years, welcoming the birds and butterflies have given me peace.”

This quilt pattern was a project for work to show applique patterns using Batiks and Prisma dyes. Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka, owners of Lunn Fabrics in Lancaster, OH, create ideas for batik fabric for Robert Kaufman. Barbara Palumbo and Scott Clark worked together to make an appliqued quilt pattern for each season to promote new lines of fabric. The Cardinal was created in 2008 at the Studios of Lunn Fabrics.

Barbara Palumbo has been an avid sewer since a child and had been doing decorative painting for approximately 20 years, but had no experience quilting. She began by taking classes at Quilt Beginnings Quilt Store in Bexley, OH, and is still taking classes in different sewing techniques.

Scott Clark was hired by Lunn’s to design the caps (chops) that are used in making batik fabrics. Prior to that he designed patterns for screen print design companies. Lunn Studios still continue to make patterns that are available at the store and on-line.

A total of four season quilts were finished. Palumbo said about the quilt designs that, “It gave us a permission to play with applique.” “Also it was good resource to promote the Elementals’ line of batiks in each of the quilts and showed how you could make the fabric work for you”

Lunn Fabrics is located at 317 E. Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio, 43130, phone 740/654-2202. Visit their web site at (www.lunnfabrics.com) to view Lunn Fabrics complete line of Artisan Batiks, Patina Handpaints and Prisma Dyes.

For further info about the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail call 864/723- 6603, e-mail to (info@uhqt.org) or visit (www.uhqt.org).

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Installs 181st Quilt Block

July 6, 2016

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The 181st addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail is entitled “On My Farm,” purchased by Sandra Powell at the Westminster Depot’s one-woman show in 2015. The quilt, a small wall hanging, is a variation on the traditional log cabin block pattern. It is aptly named as the combination of light and dark color values in this design form into diagonal lines across the quilt and this layout is known as Straight Furrows. This appears to the eye as a field of crops, planted in parallel rows.

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The quilter, Susan Hunston of Seneca, SC, is a well-known long arm quilter in the upstate. She has been quilting with the long-arm machine for 17 years. Her quilts have won awards for Best of Show at numerous shows throughout the upstate; at Lake and Mountain Quilters’ Guild show, Prickley Fingers in Anderson, SC, and in North Georgia’s Misty Mountain Quilting show. She has had examples of her work published at both the national level, as well as in Japan and Korea. Her work on the long-arm for her customers will be exhibited September of 2016 at the Lake and Mountain Show in Seneca, SC, and in the Spring 2017 show for Anderson Guild Prickley Fingers.

Hunston has over thirty years of quilting experience. She got her start at a very young age, hand-sewing doll clothes, graduating in Middle School to making her own garments. Her mother told her that with three daughters she just didn’t have the time to sew, but she would buy the fabric if she would sew. Originally from Portland, OR, Hunston took her first quilting class in 1981 at a local community college. That hand-pieced pillow top she fashioned got her interest and she then found a class at a sewing machine shop where she made her first “Rail Fence” quilt for a friend’s baby.

Hunston says she is inspired by her love of the log cabin design, as she favors the older, more traditional patterns in her own work. Her one-woman show in 2015 was arranged through the Westminster Chamber of Commerce and was titled, “A Little Bit Now, A Little Bit Later.” Hunston describes herself as a traditional quilter with a twist, and said that the “On My Farm” quilt was one she made for her own gratification.

Sandra Powell, who works at the Chamber, saw the quilt during the show and was captivated by both the design and its name. She purchased it during the show, as her parents, Derrill and Catherine Blackwell, still reside on the family farm in the Long Creek area of Oconee County, west of Westminster.

Long time neighbor to Powell, Claudia Spearman and her mother Mildred Spearman, a family friend for many years, offered to sponsor the quilt block for the Blackwells’ farm. It hangs on the front porch of their house built in 1953, where Powell was born and bred, on the property where the family has raised beef cattle for seven generations.

Powell’s brother, Bruce also has a home on the property and runs the farm for his parents in addition to working full-time in Pickens County.

Powell says she was thrilled to have the quilt in time for her father’s 90th birthday and Derrill and Catherine’s 65th wedding anniversary on the 4th of July in 2016.

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Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, Names Quilter of the Year and Presents a Gathering of Quilters

February 12, 2016

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The Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in Upstate, SC, has sponsored the Quilter of the Year Program since 2010. It began in Oconee County and now has been expanded to include Anderson and Pickens Counties. The program will be rotating the nominations by county. The 2016 nominees will be from Anderson County, 2017 Pickens County and 2018 Oconee County. Then the cycle will repeat. Nominations will only be accepted for residents of that year’s county. Nominees do not have to be a member of a guild or other formal quilting association or group. Nominations have to be submitted on the application form by date due

The Quilter of the Year Program was initiated to recognize a quilter who has provided community service and leadership through their quilting. The UHQT receives much support from the quilting community, it is our way to say thank you to these artists who provide service to their community.

Additional information and application can be downloaded from the UHQT web site (http://www.uhqt.org/), under News tab or requesting application by contacting the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail at P.O. Box 333, Walhalla, SC, 29691, Phone 864/723-6603

A Gathering of Quilters – Mar. 5, 2016

Quilters of South Carolina – District One

The Gathering will be at the First Baptist Church in Williamston, SC, at 10am on Mar. 5, 2016. The address is 116 E. Main Street, Williamston, SC 29697.

Our speaker will be Lanette Edens, The Gypsy Quilter.

Please send the following to Susan Perham by February 19 to assure your reservation for the delicious HOT and YUMMY lunch! We will have show and share (please bring a beauty!) and VENDORS!!! There will be door prizes and we will be collecting 12” (finished) Q.o.V. blocks. Pattern of your choice, just use red, white and blue!!

Name ___________________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________________

Phone _____________________________________

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Please send cash or check ($7.00) to Susan Perham at 104 Cherrystone Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680
by February 19, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan at 864/918-4445 or e-mail to (susan.perham@yahoo.com).

For further info visit (http://www.uhqt.org/).